Now that the first semester has come to a close, it’s time to think about how you’d like to begin the new semester. Think of it as a New Year’s resolution. Look at your first semester grades. Are you happy with them? Do you see room for improvement? Remember that education is about progress, not perfection. Reflect on your study habits from semester one. What could you do to improve upon them? Should you limit your time on social media each day? Perhaps make appointments to see your teachers during their office hours more regularly so you can more fully grasp the lessons from the week?
Tips to study effectively
- Study a little bit every night, instead of all at once before a quiz. Studies show that studying a little bit every night is much more effective than studying a whole lot all at once. Plus, you will retain the information for much longer if you put in just a little extra effort each night to review and challenge yourself to fully digest the lessons you learned throughout the day.
- Highlighters should be your best friend. Your brain likes looking at bright colors more than plain black ink on white paper. It makes the information stand out to you and your brain considers it information that is important to keep.
- Reading is not the same thing as studying. For most people, simply re-reading the chapter doesn’t help, or it doesn’t help as much as we would hope. Studies show that testing yourself on the knowledge helps to create those necessary brain pathways, and you are more likely to be able to recall that information on a quiz.